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Post Apocalyptic Action RPG Crystalis Hits Nintendo Entertainment System – Today in Retro Gaming – July 29th, 1990

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SNK, the makers of the Neo Geo arcade and home machine, used to be a third party licensee to Nintendo during the 8-Bit days.  They did not continue this agreement with the release of the Super Nintendo though as they were pushing their own console rather hard.  One thing that stands out about SNK’s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games is that most were unique in some way.  Take Crystalis for instance, the storyline is rather bleak and honestly depressing.  Not something you saw in a Nintendo licensed game back then.  This was a good several years prior to the bath Nintendo took when Mortal Kombat was released on the SNES and the “Play it Loud” ad campaign that followed. Read more »

Retro-Bit Generations is Nintendo Minis True Competition Not AtGames Sega Genesis Re-Release

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There is a lot of hoopla going on right now about the Nintendo Mini and the re-release of previous iterations of the Sega Genesis by AtGames.  While this is interesting it is not really what people are claiming- it is not Sega and Nintendo reviving their rivalry nearly 30 years later.  This is partly because it is not Sega releasing the Sega Genesis again- it is AtGames.  That Genesis is also not making its debut for the first time- that hardware and software collection has been released several times before by AtGames.  No, the true competitor for the Nintendo NES Mini is another, relatively unknown plug and play that is coming out about the same time.  Ladies and gentlemen, the Retro-Bit Generations. Read more »

Wisdom Tree Arkade Exclusive Kickstarter Reward Added

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The Arkade Plug and Play by Wisdom Tree has surpassed the 60% funding mark.  As of this writing it is closing on 70% total of their minimum goal.  To celebrate they have added a new exclusive Kickstarter reward that is nothing to sneeze at.  Collector’s and “super” collector’s that have to have complete libraries of Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge releases should go ahead and open their wallets now as 20% of this exclusive reward have already been claimed. Read more »

Project Blaze New Sega Saturn Homebrew Announced

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It has not been a full week or so since the Sega Saturn BIOS was compromised and we are already starting to see homebrew/independent developer’s show off new games.  One of those new games is Project Blaze by Titan Game Studios.  Fans of 2D side scrolling action platform titles will want to start paying attention.  The Sega Saturn is about to start throwing down the gauntlet and it is going to be a wild ride. Read more »

Revenge of the License: Five NES Games That Missed the Point

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I love licensed NES games. I love the sound they make as I yank them out of my system and hurl them against the wall. The relentless plundering through the morass for this column in search of something worth playing and finding the occasional surprise is always delightful, and why I keep coming back to this column over and over again. But all too often the game a publisher slap-dashed a license on to bears so little resemblance to the source materials you’re left wondering how someone could screw it up so badly. More importantly though, suppose you really want to play a game featuring your favorite license but all you know about are the crappy versions? Retro Gaming Magazine has you covered, loyal readers! Here are five of my favorite least-favorite examples of this behavior from the 8-bit era, along with five same-era alternatives you can use to exorcise those demons.

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Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom Ignores Classic Formula on Sega Genesis – Today in Retro Gaming – July 25th, 1991

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When the Sega Genesis was released, Sega was pretty much operating on a clean slate with most of the fans that bought it.  Their previous console, the Sega Master System was not much more than a cult hit in the United States (while it rocked in other countries).  This was due to a lot of things that held the company back from success- many point the finger at shady activities by Nintendo at the time.  Nonetheless, Sega was able to create some iconic franchises.  Phantasy Star being one, and a role playing game at that.  On the Genesis, the sequel, Phantasy Star II was well received.  Too bad Sega ignored what made the first two games popular when they released Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom in 1991.  Personally, I liked Phantasy Star III- it is the only PS game I have beaten. Read more »

Sonic Mania 25th Anniversary Returns Series to Roots on Xbox One Playstation 4 and Windows PC

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Sega is apparently regaining their wits as they have just announced a brand new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game.  What in the world is going on?  While I am not the biggest fan of Sonic the Hedgehog I can say I am impressed with what is shown in this trailer that Sega just released for Sonic Mania 25th Anniversary.  Fans should be excited and be prepared to support this effort or shut up bitching about wanting a new 2D game in the series. Read more »

Electronic Arts Gives Gamers Road Rash II on Sega Genesis – Today in Retro Gaming – July 22nd, 1993

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If you think about Electronic Arts (EA) for a moment, forget their current, horrendous, Digital Rights Management (DRM) antics and focus on their past they were quite good.  EA were great at picking the right games to publish and developing some cool games of their own.  I mean, come on, look at their Sega Genesis catalog and tell me that is not impressive.  Their personal computer catalog before and after the Sega Genesis days was even more impressive, especially prior to the Windows takeover.  One title that stands out in the 16-Bit era is Road Rash II.  This title took the original and did just what gamers wanted- gave more stuff but did not mess with what worked. Read more »

Sega Bundle Stars Package Gives Gamers Choices

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Sega, a company that many of us simply wish was still around in the console world, is alive in the digital/3rd party world.  At least they have not forgotten their roots is a saying you may hear a lot with regard to Sega.  The problem is, they kind of have.  That is a discussion for another article though.  If you are a Sega fan and don’t own a lot of their biggest titles on Steam then here is your chance to pay as little as $0.40 per game. Read more »

Valuable SNES Games Earning Cash Today

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Are you sitting on a goldmine of rare and valuable Nintendo games? Video games are fast becoming the valuable antiques of the future. Read on for the top ten valuable SNES games that sold on ebay recently. Read more »


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